4:37 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri Innovation Center CEO announced

Bill Turpin
Credit Missouri Innovation Center

The Missouri Innovation Center has appointed a new leader. The MIC hired Bill Turpin as president and CEO to take over for retiring CEO Jake Halliday June 23. 

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3:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

UMKC’s new ‘Digital Sandbox’ joins a growing list of startup incubators in Missouri

UMKC Innovation Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City's Innovation Center is starting a new program to help entrepreneurs build sustainable high-tech startups and create jobs.

Gov. Jay Nixon and top executives from Sprint, Hallmark, Cernert Corp. and other businesses will be at the university Friday to inaugurate the Digital Sandbox KC.

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Business Beat
6:06 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Entrepreneurship increases in economic recession, new study says

Maria Figueroa-Armijos is a doctoral student in the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs
University of Missouri

Microsoft, Staples, and SouthWest Airlines.

What do these companies have in common? Yes, they're big companies, they employ a lot of people and they're successful. But here's one more thing--all of these companies were created in a period of economic downturn.  The Fortune 500 is littered with stories like this.

Business Beat spoke with Maria Figueroa-Armijos who's one of the authors of a new study which suggests that certain types of entrepreneurs are on the rise and it’s not in spite of the recession--it’s because of it.

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5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia's tech scene searches high and low for talent

"The lost little zombie," one of Rockupied's iOS games

Compared to the rest of the country, Columbia’s economy is pretty good.  Unemployment is well below the national average.  But the numbers can also tell a different story, one where massive changes are already underway.

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3:24 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Columbia startup Zapier launches publicly, moves to California

Zapier founders Wade Foster, Bryan Helmig and Mike Knoop

The Columbia based tech company Zapier is less than one year old but it’s already caught the attention of Silicon Valley.

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